Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and reading resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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January 7, 2013: After some hard thought, I've decided to officially shut down this blog. I know I haven't updated it in a while, but I thought I should let you all know so you can remove it from your RSS feeds, etc.

Reason: I've decided that I need to find ways to make more time to read and create books.

I had great fun working on illustrating I'M BORED (written by Michael Ian Black, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in Sept/2012) and am now working on writing and/or illustrating new book projects. In addition to my picture book projects, I also want to get back to my novel writing.

My challenge: I want to do too many things and am currently involved in too many projects. My solution: To prioritize and cull.

You can find out what I'm working on at or follow me on Twitter at @inkyelbows.

Thanks so much for your support and interest in my projects.

-- Debbie

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miTypewriter app updated with red/black ribbon

mTypewriter was one of the very first apps I bought for my iPad (insert pause to wipe away a nostalgic tear) and I still keep it on my iPad as a "show-off" app. Yes, there are other apps which are FAR more impressive in many ways, but I still find that for those who are unfamiliar with the iPad, this app is one of the most effective, entertaining and immediate accessible.

Unlike other apps, it's not a program that you might also find on a laptop computer. It demonstrates several advantages of the iPad (portability, touchscreen, etc.) with humor. Plus it has never, ever crashed on me.

Anyway, it's been updated! Now you can show off your digital manual typewriter with red AND black ink as well as better document management.

And it's only 99 cents in the iTunes store right now.